Beautiful ballet feet are hard to come by.

Beautiful ballet feet are hard to come by.f2

Ballet feet
Beautiful Ballet Feet

If  you were born with that “swan foot”, a term coined for Anna Pavlova’s arched and delicate feet; then you are considered fortunate. But like everything else in life there is always a down side. You have weak feet.  Don’t be discouraged though- you can strengthen your ballet feet every day for the rest of your dancing days. 🙂

If you have “peasant feet”, then your feet may be strong and you can “toe hop” around the stage. However, they may not possess the gorgeous line of a high arch. Don’t be discouraged though~ you can stretch your feet and “develop” that arch for the rest of your dancing days! 🙂

Note the last line of the former two paragraphs. I say this to my students all the time. Someone has something that they are born with but there is always a downside to it and vice versa. Thus, we sort of end up equal.

You know what is not equal?~ drive. Well that is another topic for another day!

Ballet conditioning for the feet
Anna Pavlova had the sought after “swan foot”.

I found this video on the Adult Ballerina Facebook and am absolutely inspired by Lauren Cuthberston! The beginning starts with her story of a devastating injury, but it is the articulation of her feet that is fascinating beautiful.

Please note how she uses her feet in coup de pied and places them a terre or in sous-sus.  You should recognize the use of  toe swapping and “fanning” the toes in her perfect placement.

Awesome film & inspiring. f2

Lauren Cuthbertson Royal Ballet Principal’s Journey

Want to get your swan feet or peasant foot to look more like Ms. Cuthbertson’s feet? consider adding my foot exercises to your daily ballet goals. Using the different balls mentioned throughout my site is a tremendous help as well. Feet need to be pampered!

Stay tuned for more forthcoming posts where I will show all my foot exercises with balls + toe swapping. The easiest way to stay in touch is to

List of ballet conditioning balls that I recommend and use.

The Accidental Artist Ballet Teacher
Me, The Ballet Teacher

The balls shown below are recommended by me for several ballet exercises in my posts on ballet conditioning: Tools for Ballet Conditioning

Large soft purple ball in upper left:  Large 9″ purple soft ball

Medium and softest spiky ball in yellow:  Yellow soft ball

Green medium Eric Franklin ball:  Newer version of green Franklin ball

Purple peanut (double spiky) ball: Peanut

Small hard green spiky ball: Rubz spiky small green ball

Pink rubber  “Pinky” ball is a toy and I bought at a toy store but many people use it for conditioning: Pinky ball

I left this ball out of the photo because I don’t use it much. Some people love lacrosse balls, but I find them too firm for my body. I do keep one by my bed to roll on my feet when I first wake up though! Mine is blue and I will show it in other posts: Lacrosse ball

Lastly, I love the giant ball which was too big to fit in my shot! That is great for all areas of the body for strength and balance. Find it on this page & order according to your height: Large exercise ball

Tools for Ballet Conditioning balls
Balls for conditioning

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About Sarah Arnold

Ballet blogger, ballet teacher and adult ballerina. Creator of TutusChic and Sans Souci Printables.

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